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Google is Giving Away Free Internet to Those Who Need It Most
You may have heard that Google is disrupting the ultra-fast Internet market with its fiber service.
Google Fiber Internet speeds can reach up to 1 Gbps, or nearly 100 times the average U.S. Internet speed.
In markets where Fiber exists, competitors have either dropped their prices, matched Fiber’s speeds, or both.
But recently, Google made another huge move with Fiber.
The company said it will provide Internet service for free to people in public and affordable housing properties, in all of the cities where Fiber exists.
And will do the same for every new city Google Fiber comes to in the future.
The company is partnering with a White House initiative, called ConnectHome, to bring the Internet to people who need it the most.
Google says that about 26% of households earning less than $30,000 per year don’t access the Internet…
Compared to just 3% of adults with annual incomes over $75,000.
But it’s not just about giving away free Internet.
Google is also partnering with ConnectHome and community groups to teach people basic computer skills.
And this isn’t the first time Google’s done this.
The company already has a similar free Internet initiative and computer training program in Austin, TX.
In that city, 90% of residents eligible for the free program signed up and more than 50% took the digital literacy class.
And the company’s hoping it can bring that same success to other Google Fiber cities.
Which means that not only is Google upending the Internet industry, but it’s also making sure it shrinks the digital divide at the same time.
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